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Codling Moth Control in Your Garden

Lepidoptera : Tortricidae : Cydia pomonella

Codling Moth, Cydia pomonella, has been a fruit pest for a long time. Of Eurasian origin, it was introduced into Tasmania in the 1850’s and has since spread to all Apple growing areas of Australia. Codling Moth is a cosmopolitan insect that occurs in most countries where pome fruits are grown.

Holes in Apples and Pears plugged with Codling Moth larvae droppings (frass) is the outward sign of attack by Codling Moth. The situation inside the fruit is much worse, as larvae chew their way into the fruit core, where they may feed for several weeks. Codling Moth is a serious pest – their larvae can destroy an entire fruit crop if not controlled.

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